Fall/Winter 2017

In This Issue:

Almstead Around Town

For the fifth year, Almstead sponsored the Gardners’ Party at Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center in the Bronx. This annual benefit raises crucial funds to support Wave Hill’s renowned gardens and horticulture program.... (more)

Ken Almstead named an ISA “True Professional of Arboriculture”

Almstead CEO, Ken Almstead, has been named a “2017 True Professional of Arboriculture™” by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). He is one of five arborists selected in 2017 as an ISA “True Professional.” (more)

How Trees Communicate and Network With Each Other

Just like the ever-expanding social networking that impact many of our lives, our trees are talking to their neighbors through an underground network of roots and fungi... (more)

Letter from the CEO


Fall is a perfect time to both critique and establish proper management plans for your trees, shrubs and lawns so they thrive through winter and are prepped their best come spring. We recently sent you a mailer with an invitation for a complimentary seasonal inspection. Our staff may also reach out to you to schedule your appointment if we don’t hear back from you.... (more)

2017 Summer Picnic

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Arboriculture 101

Here are some topics we frequently review with clients about their trees. There are always exceptions to the information here, so please consult your arborist as site and tree conditions vary... (more)

Emerald Ash Borer Update

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed the first-ever discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in New York City -- in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. NYC Parks, DEC, DAM, and Prospect Park Alliance (the non-profit that cares for the park in partnership with the City) are taking immediate action to limit the spread of infestation and protect New York City's more than 51,000 ash trees. Of an initial survey of 10 suspected trees, three were confirmed to be infested by EAB by a Cornell University researcher. Three trees have been removed to date and additional trees will be removed over the winter.


Earlier this year, the DEC expanded the eight existing Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Restricted Zones and merged them into a single zone to strengthen the State’s efforts to slow the spread of this invasive pest. They include all or part of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties. EAB is a small green beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees in the United States since it found its way here from Asia in 2002. Several counties in New Jersey and Connecticut have also placed quarantines on EAB host material.


Talk to your Almstead arborist to find out how you can protect your ash trees from EAB. A health assessment of the ash trees in question as well as its overall contribution to the landscape and a cost analysis should be evaluated prior to treatment.

Testing and Inoculating Elm Trees on Governors Island

Almstead was on Governors Island, NY over the summer to inoculate the specimen and historic elms against Dutch Elm Disease. We were fortunate to be joined by Dr. Robert E. Marra, Ph.D.... (more)

Almstead Arborist

Isaac Taylor is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® at our Stamford, Connecticut branch, serving the communities of Darien, Fairfield, New Caanan, Norwalk, Stamford, Southport and Westport in Fairfield County. He has over 15 years of field and consulting experience in the green industry.... (more)

Employees from Almstead’s four branch offices, and their families, enjoyed a beautiful day of food, fun, and frolic at our annual summer picnic at D’Onofrio Park in New Rochelle. The event also included our annual service awards... (more)

Trees to Consider:

Carolina Silverbell

Carolina Silverbell is a very attractive ornamental flowering tree, especially against an evergreen background. Native to the Eastern United States, this small-to medium-size deciduous tree blooms in the spring and has white, bell-shaped flowers that hang in clusters... (more)

Places To Visit:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, opened in 1913, is a 52-acre botanic garden located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.... (more)

In The Field

Staff News

Congratulations to arborist Erick Fields, from our New Rochelle branch who successfully attained his International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification recently... (more)

Winter Checklist

Winter can be harsh on trees and shrubs in our area.... (more)

The Almstead crew working at Columbus Circle in New York City.



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